PRAGUE, January 19. /TASS/. The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) will pay Belarus compensation for stripping it off the right to host matches of the 2021 World Championship, a member of the IIHF Council, Petr Briza, told sport.cz portal.
"These are not sanctions [for the federation] but a compensation for the Belarusian organizers. This is clearly written down in the agreements. We are waiting for a report and analysis [of the decision on relocating matches from Minsk made by the IIHF Council] from the office of the IIHF Secretary General, which will define the volume of expenses and [financial] consequences of this decision in the coming weeks," Briza said.
The IIHF will compensate for the spending on relocating the matches of the 2021 Ice Hockey World Championship from Minsk. "The IIHF will cover all expenses on organizing [the tournament at a new venue] from its own budget," he said.
Matches of the 2021 IIHF World Championship in the Latvian capital of Riga and the Belarusian capital of Minsk were scheduled to be played between May 21 and June 6, 2021. However, various European public organizations called on the IIHF recently to relocate championship’s matches from Minsk due to a tense political situation in Belarus. Tournament’s sponsors also threatened to leave in case Belarus hosted the championship.